Gwyneth Moreland & David Hayes
One night only at The Old Steeple in Ferndale, CA - Humboldt's new old venue.
Gwyneth Morelands gift for open-hearted storytelling is perfectly suited to the modern art of folk music. No wonder, then, that Slaughterhouse Gulch - the first single from her latest album - landed her on the Folk Airplay charts.
Folk radio embraced Gwyneth's "Slaughterhouse Gulch" immediately.In its first week, the song debuted at #3 on the airplay chart, wrapping up January with a #5 most-played song. "Slaughterhouse" plus follow-up singles and additional tracks ("Pine Box Sailor," "Little Black Flies" and others) helped the album Ceilings , Floors, and Open Doors reach #31 for the month of January and remain in the Top 50 for succeeding reports. (WNS Music Group; Folk Alliance Charts www.folk.org).
Gwyneths songs flow with a graceful simplicity infused with the ambience of her home on Slaughterhouse Gulch. Perched in the majestic redwoods and fog of the Mendocino Coast, within view of mountains and waves, Gwyneths home is filled with love, family (and an assortment of farm animals!) as well as the atmosphere of the rugged North Coast. She brings all of this to her writing. Her songs fill the listener with love, heartbreak and the joy and pain of a life well-lived. In her songs one can feel the warmth of the sun through the oceans mist, and hear indeed, almost smell the sea.
Her original songs and meticulously-arranged covers provide the perfect setting for Gwyneths heartbreakingly beautiful voice; her remarkable range and supple tones are the result both of an exceptional talent and of years of experience as a vocalist. First, growing up, singing in her church as a tiny girl and maturing into a young teen frequently called on for harmonies or as a soloist with a compelling, sanctuary-silencing voice. By her 16th birthday, Gwyneth was carrying the lead vocals for her older brothers traditional folk group, Foxglove; and just a few years later, she was recording her first collection of original songs. In addition to her solo career, Gwyneth continues to sing with Foxglove and, a couple of years ago, added the multi-generational Folk/Americana outfit The Mendocino Quartet to her resume. The Quartet repertoire features Gwyneths agile vocals and original songs as well as those of Gene Parsons (Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers) and David Hayes (Van Morrison, Jesse Colin Young) plus their bandmate Steven Bates.
Gwyneths introduction to this dedicated group of talented singer-songwriters came through her work with David Hayes. Together, Moreland and Hayes created Ceilings, Floors and Open Doors, her 3rd full-length album.
Ceilings, Floors, and Open Doors was recorded live, captured in the moment with minimal production. Working with just two microphones and an open door, the recordings welcomed atmosphere from outside the studio. The auspicious sounds of birds and breezes and the sense of space provided an expansive backdrop for Morelands storytelling. The solid instrumentation provides a foundation for the journey as Gwyneths exquisite voice and writing escort the listener through each songs special landscape. Inspired by artists like Nanci Griffith and Billie Holiday, Gwyneth describes her music as folk with jazz influences. The jazz influences began to seep in when she started playing with bassist / producer Hayes, who also recorded and mixed the album at his home studio, lovingly called The Shack In The Back. Theirs is a rare alchemy. Blending veteran Hayess deep experience and melodic playing with Gwyneths lyrically rich songs and unique vocal performances creates nuances that highlight the musical subtleties, giving each song color and breadth. The album is capped off with the mastering styles of Karl Derfler (Tom Waits, No Doubt, Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews Band).
Through her years on the road, Gwyneths unique and captivating songs and voice have created devoted fans across the U.S. and, with her latest album, she has begun building a strong base in the U.K. and Europe. Her journey as a musician, songwriter and performer is still young. We are fortunate to have many more years of her work to anticipate and relish.
The Old Steeple (View)
246 Berding Street
Ferndale, CA 95536
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|